Originally Posted by nitrousmudbogger
Does anyone use a vertical mill to do their barrel fluting? I was thinking of getting a saw blade style cutter to do some fluting. I saw a cool Haas video the other day of them doing a similar thing cutting splines so I thought why not barrel flutes.
Any ideas on the cutter itself? I wonder if it would need to be supported on the bottom( in a bearing or center of some kind) to keep it from chattering and then just move x&y to get a good flute. What do you guys think?
There are those that do, and with good skills and a barrel fixture that can hold the barrel perfectly
straight and not allow the barrel to flex at all the results can be OK.
The majority use a horizontal mill because it is pushing down against the bed of the mill and is
I still prefer that the barrel maker does the fluting on his own barrels because he has overall
responsibility for the end product quality.
I have some horror stories on barrels that have been fluted after the barrel was chambered
and just won't do it any more because after all the work is don a poor fluting job can ruin a
otherwise great rifle. and the cost of starting over.
I am glad that some have had good luck with fluting after the rifle has been chambered and
head spaced, But my experiences have been all bad and once it is done there is no turning
I know that that was not your question but I though I would warn you of the potential problems
with doing fluting your self. (Not that you can't) just that even the most experienced machinist/
smiths can have trouble with "ANY" process to flute and find out when the rifle is assembled it
will not shoot well after 3 or 4 shots in a row.
I wish someone had warned me. Without exception I had to re barrel every one of the ones
that were fluted after all barrel work was done. and the barrel makers said that they were
not responsible for the barrel if someone else fluted it (It Made sense so I did not complain)
just bought a new barrel and started over,
Just my opinion for what its worth.
J E CUSTOM